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Survey of Feminist Thought Regarding Abortion

Wanna read an pretty good overview of feminist thought related to abortion?

Consider "The Feminist Case Against Abortion" by Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life.

suffragetes.jpgI enjoyed it. Among other reasons, the author describes two waves of feminist thought, the first believing that abortion is "the ultimate exploitation of women" and "a disgusting and degrading crime," while the second "lauded (it) as the most fundamental right."

The first group is made up of largely American and British women; numerous names and quotes are given.

As for the second, Foster identifies the principles actors - Larry Lader, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, and Sarah Weddington, the latter being the attorney who defended Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade.

Foster argues that Weddington undermined the welfare of women by advocating for the need for abortion as a solution to the societal ills faced by pregnant women - poverty and discrimination faced in school and in the workplace.

Further, the article provides concrete examples of groups addressing the real needs of pregnant women. One such example on an US college campus, pro-life students and a pro-choice collaborated in a rummage sale to help a pregnant student who lost her housing grant; thw woman had her baby and graduated. A second example was the establishing of a program which over a ten year period resulted in a 30% drop in abortions of college-educated women at a local Planned Parenthood facility.

The article also has a large and interesting reader comment section.

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Garth Brooks' song "Mom"

The following Garth Brooks' song came recommended to me this morning. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Questions to Ponder about End-of-Life Care Legislation

Isabelle and Ward O'Connor of the Vivere Group offer questions to ponder about Quebec's new Euthanasia legislation.

1. Do euthanasia and palliative care go together?

The palliative care philosophy is based on respect for the natural process of death. Matching induced death by euthanasia ("medical aid in dying") with palliative care in a "continuum of end of life care" is it logical? Doing so risks creating conflict and confusion. This is the view of, among others, le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), as recorded in its deposition regarding the subject legislation. The RSPQ affirms that "Euthanasia is not a treatment." Further, it is important to know that the Fédération du Mouvement Albatros of Québec (FMAQ) adopted unanimously a resolution in support of the RSPQ position.

2. Is End of Life Care Legislation valid?

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It is important to know that induced death, either by euthanasia or assisted suicide, is a crime in Canada, although the authors and promoters of the legislation on end-of-life care categorically deny that "medical aid in dying" means "euthanasia", hoping that their semantic game will evade Canada’s Criminal Code. You should know that Canada’s Attorney General announced that he will challenge the 

validity of this legislation, pending the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the case Carter-Taylor case heard October 5, 2014, with a decision expected within six months – i.e., no later than April 2015. The Carter-Taylor case challenges the validity of criminalizing death induced by euthanasia or assisted suicide.

3. Would government induced death jeopardize the right to personal security?

Consent and intent are difficult to prove, and the weak, vulnerable, disabled, elderly, depressed, illiterate or otherwise physically or mentally vulnerable are very easy to manipulate. Their consent can also be difficult to interpret. Substituted consent is another important issue, appearing in the Quebec law (Articles 47, 48, 55) as does presumed consent (Articles 57 and 58 ). The mistreatment of these large segments of the population, especially from relatives and institutions, being widely and well documented, as are discrimination and other social exclusionary pressures of exclusion, is such a precarious secure environment in our health care facilities acceptable?

The Quebec legislation in no way restricts euthanasia for people diagnosed with terminal illness. It is applicable to anyone with a chronic degenerative disease, whether that person is dying or not.

In addition, each year in Quebec, more than 350,000 medical errors are reported, the vast majority of which are injection errors (Ménard report). As euthanasia is done via an injection, do not the number of medical errors argue against the practice of euthanasia?

Finally, the end-of-life care legislation leaves it to the physician to ensure that consent to euthanasia is not the result of undue pressures arising from different sources. What training in psychology and police detection methods will the doctor receive for this purpose? What budget he will have to conduct the needed investigation? Abuse is both pernicious and very clever thing to detect for he seeks to detect it.

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2015: A Federal Election Year

Blessed New Year greetings,

I trust that in 2015, God will richly bless you and your loved ones as he has with us here at the Quebec Life Coalition.

First, many of you have remembered us with your prayers and financial support. Thank you.

Second, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, we were blessed to welcome a few distinguished guests to our office.

These had come from across the country – Quebec City, Toronto and one as far away as Smithers, BC. No surprise, we discussed the fate of the unborn and how best to act to protect them, from a political perspective.

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY

Among these guests was Mr. Rod Taylor, newly elected leader of the Christian Heritage Party.

2015 is an election year. The Federal Conservative Party was elected in 2011 - May 2, 2011, with a majority government. The next federal election will be no later than October 19, 2015 – “the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the polling day for the last general election.”  It may be sooner.

As the Quebec Life Coalition works to promote the Culture of Life, the political process is an important tool for championing the plight of the unborn. So several of us gathered on this winter afternoon are considering becoming candidates for the Christian Heritage Party in the next election.

WHY THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE PARTY?

The CHP is the only pro-life federal party in Canada.

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Federal Liberals, made headlines this past May 2014 stating that anyone vying to become a liberal party candidate in a federal election MUST be pro-abortion.

The Bloc Québécois and the NDP likewise endorse the pro-abortion position.

Finally, what about the party of Stephen Harper? Haven't a few of its elected members - Stephen Woodworth, Mark Warawa, among others, presented pro-life motions in the House of Commons? Hasn't the federal conservatives subtly promoted internationally right to life measures for developing countries?

On the surface it appears that the federal conservatives are the voice for the unborn.

Yet, Mr. Harper has time and time again refused to open debate on the rights of the unborn. As such Canada is the only democratic nation in the world without any law protecting unborn children for the full nine month term. In fact, Canada shares this distinction with only two other nations worldwide - China and North Korea; a infamous fellowship if ever there was one.

So, we respectfully ask your support, in both prayer and financially, as we plan to run and/or support candidates in the forthcoming election. We wish that the voice of the unborn be heard loudly and clearly not only by the Conservative Party of Canada but also by all citizens of our ridings.

May the seven of us gathered on this January day be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we deliberate on what exactly is our role in the year ahead.

May our Lord bless all those considering becoming candidates in the next federal election with a wisdom to speak up, debate, and defend the right of the unborn.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition

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Pressures Mount to Introduce Abortifacient into Canada

ru486.jpgIn 2001, drug trials for the abortion inducing drug RU-486 was halted after protests and the death of a woman from septic shock.

Renewed efforts to make this drug available in Canada began this past November. At this time, the Canadian Medical Association Journal featured an article critical of the lack of surgical abortion facilities in rural Canada, a slight that can be alleviated via chemical abortions such as RU-486.

Then Society of Family Planning chimed in, announcing that based on a 2012 survey, increasing availability to chemical abortions would save women from travelling and from undergoing surgical abortions, and would increase accessibility to abortion services.

Yesterday, the Journal de Montréal, in two separate features, sung a similar tune. Isabelle Maher and Lise Ravary argued separately that since this abortifacient is available in well over 60 countries, why then is it not available in Canada?

What these articles fail to note is the harm that RU-486 has had on women. According to the Campaign Life Coalition, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there have been 14 deaths associated with this drug. Further, the FDA notes that there have been 2000 cases of adverse side effects including hospitalization, significant blood loss, severe infection and blood transfusions.

Corroborating much of this information about RU-486 is a fact sheet published by the group Real Choices Australia. Based on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists study, the fact sheet notes the extent of excessive bleeding, the pain, and other adverse effects after using this abortifacient.

Let's pray that Health Canada does not give in to this new wave of pressure, but rather contributes to ensuring the health integrity of women.

p.s. See a couple of recent stories on this topic. First, the National Post published a letter by Mike Schouten entitled "Another skipped abortion debate." Also, the CBC reports that Health Canada will delay its decision until the Fall 2015 as additional information is sought from the manufacturer - "Abortion drug decision pushed back by Health Canada."

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Masses for the Unborn

As we enter December, the month of Our Saviour's birth, four events are scheduled in support of the most vulnerable period of human development, vulnerable for both mother and her unborn child.

First, on Monday, December 1, an evening of prayer and testimonial is set for the church Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore - 1465 De Sève Street, in ville Émard, across the street from the Jolicoeur Metro station on the green line.

Featured on this evening, in addition to the recitation of a rosary and an Eucharistic celebration, will be a personal story of a near tragedy. A young mother will share about the pressures she faced to carry her child to term simply because her physician thought the child may be born with a congenital disorder and should be aborted. The child was eventually delivered without any abnormality. Her story begins the evening at 6:00 p.m., this Monday, September 1, 2014. 

The prayers and the testimony will be French, though, simultaneous translation into English will be available if warranted.

Tuesday

The following day, Tuesday, December 2, at the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart and of Padre Pio in east end Pointe-aux-Trembles, an evening of prayer for the defense for the unborn child will be held beginning at 7 p.m. At that time a rosary will be recited with an Eucharistic celebration to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The sanctuary is more familiarly known as the Chapelle de la réparation - 3650 de la Rousselière Street (514-642-5391), and is run by the Franciscan community.

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Next, an evening of prayer and fellowship for the unborn child and the victims of abortion is being planned for Saint-Sylvain church in Laval - 750 Saint-Sylvain Blvd., on Thursday of the same week.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with an hour-long period of Eucharistic adoration, during which time a rosary will be recited. After reposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Eucharistic mass will be celebrated. Fellowship follows. This mass will be celebrated in French.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The fourth and final commemoration for the unborn child and the harm that abortion does consists of a full afternoon of activities, set at Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore church in ville Émard, the same venue as our first event.

Tilma2.jpgThe afternoon begins at 1 p.m. with a conversion story. Ms. Carole Arsenault will share the story of John Bird, film producer who specializes in Marian history, and researcher and photographer the Tilma - the outer garment worn by Juan Diego, a poor Mexican peasant of the 16th century that is on display at the cathedral in Mexico City.

This rough outer garment has confounded scientists throughout the years for two reasons. First, it has outlasted its 40-year life expectancy by several centuries and second, it is emblazoned on one side of the cloth, and one side only, with the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The latter is particularly vexing to scientists as they are unable to explain the origins of the image and the materials that have left its mark.

Mr. Bird's film is entitled as "River of Light."

The presentation is particularly timely as the Church commemorates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe every year on December 12.

Prayers will follow the talk - namely, rosary and Eucharistic celebration.

The afternoon will end with a turkey dinner for the modest cost of $8. RSVP by calling (514) 595-6732.

There you have it: Four events in a span of two weeks spread across the region in order to better prepare ourselves for the most important arrival mankind has been waiting for.

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Courageous Mom

Here's a beautiful story of a mom who decided to give the life growing inside of her a chance rather than choose abortion as she was advised.

JessyGirard.jpgJessy Girard was alarmed when she noticed that she was losing amniotic fluid at 23 week of her pregnancy. Advised to abort, she refused, believing that had she abandoned her child, she would then regret this decision for the rest of her life.

Her courage was rewarded this past February 18, 2014, when she gave birth to Léthicia at 28 weeks.

Jessy and her miracle baby is seen here (photo courtesy of the Journal de Québec). Read the full story here.

 

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The Latest Available Canadian Abortion Statistics

abortion-instrument.jpgClose to a hundred abortion mills dot our country a mari usque ad mare.

National Post story reveals that about half of these are located in Quebec (46) because governmental so-called "health policies" included expansion into the rural areas as early as the 1970s.

As for the other regions of Canada, in descending order of quantity, we have British Columbia with 16, Ontario 16, the prairie provinces 8, and the Atlantic provinces 4. I suppose the balance of the 94 cited in the article are found in the three territories.

Also, a revealing graphic accompanying the story shows that there is not an insignificant number of late term abortions. Often scoff by pro-abortion advocates met on the streets of Montreal as minuscule, the graphic indicates close to two thousand unborn children are aborted after 21 weeks of gestation every year in Canada.

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A Life Saved, right here in Montreal

I’m fresh back from another 40 Days for Life prayer vigil (see some pictures of the vigil here) for the end of abortion – our twelfth, and guess what? A life was saved! 

First, from Wednesday, September 24, 2014, through to Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, in rain or shine, accompanied by the faithful brave, I stood across the street from the Morgentaler abortion mill to pray for the lives of unborn children and their families.

I wasn’t alone. A stalwart threesome – Charlotte, Yves, and John, made daily appearances for two to three hours if not longer! Seen here at left to either side of Charlotte and Yves are Claude and Rosina.

And our prayers were answered in a tangible way! An abortion minded young lady, thought again after passing our vigil site. Seeing our toll free phone line, she called and after speaking with our staff person, was directed to an agency that concerns itself with adoption services.

Praise be to God for these victories. I’m looking forward to our next vigil beginning February 18.

In addition, several other activities kept us busy in October. Our annual life chain gathered close to thirty participants on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. For an hour along Decarie Blvd., near the intersection of Jean-Talon street, in silent prayer holding signs advocating for the end of abortion, or the promotion of adoption individuals and groups gathered alongside our perennial participants and organizers - Mario Richard, Andrew Horwood, and Marc Vincent.

Else, on October 14. QLC president, Mr. Georges Buscemi was privileged to confer our first Defender of Life award to Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine. His grace has long been a promoter of the culture of life, attending the annual National March for Life in Ottawa for one and promoting various related issues since his elevation from parish priest to archbishop a little over two years ago. On this day, His Grace received a handsomely crafted Defensor Vitae ceramic.

CONFERENCE 

Another October activity gathering much interest was our annual conference (see some pictures here) - October 11 in Granby.

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Quebec Life Coalition, close to a hundred persons came to listen to six speakers on the topic of promoting a culture of life in the Quebec. The two first– pastor Stephane Gagné and M. Robert Gendreau, spoke of their spiritual approaches to this issue. Next M. Jean Renaud, director of the periodical Égards, offered his reflections on the roots of the euthanasia movement.

Next it was the turn of the keynote speaker, Mr. Tugdual Derville, a French citizen, active in the culture of life movement in France. He spoke of the work he does including the promotion the rights of handicap children, his battles versus euthanasia and abortion.

The next two speakers, Mrs. Dominique Morin and Mr. Dominique Boily, shared their experience on the importance of faith-based education. Mrs. Morin, the mother nine children, spoke on how church teachings have been pivotal in her and her husband’s rearing of their children. Mr. Boily, also a parent of nine children, argued how faith-based education is beneficial to both societal culture and virtue.

The final person to address the assembly was Ms. Caroline Roux, also a French national, sharing her experience of counselling pregnant women and post-abortive and other vulnerable persons.

A busy October! I wish to thank everyone who contributed to the success of these events through prayer and financial aid. In so doing, together we are building our society into a culture of life. Your help is appreciated !

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition 

p.s. Over the 40 day period of the vigil, 685 lives were saved from abortion in the near 300 locations in which a vigil was held. Glory and praise to our God!

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Talk on Palliative Care and Euthanasia in Montreal

A highly interesting lecture on Bill 52 and palliative care (vs. Euthanasia) will be given by Dr. Manuel Borod on November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm.

Where:

Segal Centre
5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3W 1L5
Canada

Dr. Manuel Borod is vehementlt opposed to Bill 52, the bill which has passed earlier this year and proposes to legalize euthanasia in Quebec.

Dr. Manuel Borod practiced family medicine for 20 years prior to embarking on a career in palliative medicine.

He developed the home care program at Mount Sinai Hospital prior to coming to the MUHC on a full-time basis. He served as Clinical Director of Palliative Care there from 2003-2009 and since then has been the Division Director.

He has been very active in improving and developing different programs such as out-patient services which include a palliative care day hospital, cancer rehabilitation and a multidisciplinary program on cancer pain. He has long been a dedicated teacher and mentor to medical students, residents, and colleagues.

Dr. Borod has given many presentations at local, national and international conferences on a number of subjects including cancer pain, ethics, palliative sedation and euthanasia as well as the role of humour in palliative care.

The event is $12, payable at the door.

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